The Snowy Owl migration is well under way, there are a few stragglers left, they have been heading up the Bruce Peninsula to their summer nesting grounds way, way up north. Enjoy this sequence of one landing on a farm fence post.
It’s owl season and there are lots of them, watch the top of posts when your driving past flat pastures!
So hard to see in the fall leaves. I missed this one and only saw it when it moved to another perch a little further from me. If it didn’t move, I would have passed right by it. The name refers to it’s feathered legs right to it’s toes, the only others that also have feathered legs are the Golden Eagle and Ferruginous Hawk.
This raptors breeding grounds are as far north as Ontario, some migrating south to Mexico for the winters. It’s a stout hawk compared to the Red-tailed.
We were so excited to see this different looking raptor, usually the adults we see are grey. The white band above the tail is the telling sign that this is a juvenile Northern Harrier Hawk hunting the hay fields. They are known for the way they hover in place while they watch or look for rodents.
Seems a little late in the year however maybe it is a second brood or they could be young Osprey returning to the nest just because there is no place like home. These two were busy building or repairing a nest as the gathered nearby branches and stuff just east of Guelph on my way home from the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, a nice break in the drive for a few minutes. I included a photo of the leg band, if you know someone involved with studying the Ontario Osprey, please share it with them, I did do an entry on the banding page however it came back that they are too busy to look into most notifications regarding bands, oh well.
This leg band appears to be from a study as it is not common for Osprey to be banded.
I was out in a canoe photographing a Beaver, when this beautiful hawk darted across the sky and into the forest, just west of Algonquin Park. I.D. by M. Wiercinski
I haven’t seen much of the Bald Eagles in the valley this summer, so I had thought they had left. I was so happy to go canoeing with my son and find that they are indeed back and raining two chicks again this year. This makes it three years in a row that they have anger to raise two, usually one eats the other if there isn’t enough food …
Just got sent a photo of a magnificent Snowy Owl photo custom ordered to fit a 40×21 inch space. It sure looks great with the wood grain adding to the look… Thanks to Sandy for sending the pic of a pic!
These Eagles are safely tucked away … you can see them too if you like to take your camera gear on a three hour paddle to get to the nest which is then way, way up in a huge tree … the Eagles took over a Great Blue Heron Rookery which is why there are two nests in one tree as a Heron would. The quiet canoes don’t seem to disturb the birds at all, they come and go and are very relaxed while they feed the chicks. I don’t believe in causing birds to take flight and make a point of leaving with them in the nest, even if I haven’t got my shot. for years I have enjoyed a Monday paddle past this nest and each year this pair successfully raise one or two chicks, fed mostly at the expense of the Canada Goose population. Having said this, the location is top secret!